Speaking to MSNBC’s Brian Williams Friday afternoon, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani broadly condemned the Black Lives Matter movement for being counter-productive in the fight to end violence against people of color and for contributing to the endangerment of police officers through “divisiveness and anti-police rhetoric.”
“Police officers in this country feel they have a target on their back. They felt that way for over a year now,” he said, a reference to the Dec. 2014 murders of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos by a man who said he wanted to “put wings on pigs.”
Regarding one of the suspects in the Dallas shooting, since identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, Giuliani said, “This man made his motives clear. He wanted to kill officers. He expressed killing white people. He expressed killing white officers. He exprssed anger for Black Lives Matter.”
“And I think the reason there’s a target on police officers’ backs is because of groups like Black Lives Matter that make it seem like all police are against blacks. They’re not. They’re the ones saving black lives. Black Lives Matter are not saving black lives. It’s the police officers doing it,” he said.
Giuliani argued that, during his tenure as mayor of New York, he and police saved thousands of black lives by putting white officers where those lives were at risk.
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